Learning proper diet and care is an important step in wearing your dentures comfortably and confidently. Let’s face it – some foods are trickier to eat when wearing dentures. Many of our patients avoid food like tough meats, breads and hard rolls. Hard food particles, if they get under your dentures, can cause you a great deal of discomfort. Some of these foods include nuts, carrots and seeds from fruit. We advise that you also avoid sticky substances like gum and caramels.
Maintain a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet
Nutrition and fluid intake are as vital to your denture wearing success as they are to your overall health. We advise patients to take a daily vitamin and avoid consuming high-calorie carbohydrates. A healthy, balanced diet should include low-fat milk, cheese, bread, cereals, meat, vegetables, fruit and water. We recommend fish or fowl as your meat selection and that you drink 2 quarts of water per day.
Always Wear Your New Dentures at Mealtime
Even though it may be difficult at first, you should always wear your dentures during meals. Don’t get discouraged or go without your dentures, as this will only prolong your adjustment period. Keep in mind that millions of others have gone through the same difficulties and persevered.
How to Care for Your Dentures
Atlantic Denture Clinic recommends that you keep your dentures out of your mouth 8 hours per day as this will ensure the health of your supporting tissue. Research has found that certain conditions develop only if the dentures are worn continuously. A daily rest period helps the gums stay healthy and prevents the shrinkage of jaw bones. Removing your dentures at night is the most common practice.
Clean after Eating and before Bed
You should remove and clean your dentures after eating and before going to bed. Dentures will typically collect more food particles than what occurs with natural teeth. We recommend using two brushes – one for cleaning your dentures and another softer toothbrush to clean the gums and tongue. Do not use toothpaste. While toothpaste is safe for the enamel of your natural teeth, the abrasives can damage the plastic denture bases and your artificial teeth over time. You should use a cleaning agent made specifically for dentures or simply use liquid soap or plain water. Your dentures can break and we suggest cleaning them over a sink partially filled with water.
Keep in mind that tartar can form on dentures just as it does on natural teeth. Brushing your dentures daily will usually keep stains and tartar from forming. Your daily cleaning routine will help keep denture breath from occurring.
Store Your Dentures in Clean Water
Store your dentures in clean water when not in use. If not kept wet, dentures may warp as the materials dry out. Simply store your set in a denture cup at night and use a commercial cleaner if desired. Keep in mind that cleaners should not be considered a substitute for brushing.